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SEOUL — Five U.S. soldiers have admitted involvement in the Christmas night robbing and beating of a Uijeongbu taxi driver, according to a news release 2nd Infantry Division issued Wednesday.

“Upon further questioning on December 27, the soldiers admitted to the assault …” the news release read.

None of the five soldiers has been charged by Korean police or military police, Korean and U.S. officials said Wednesday.

The Korean police have jurisdiction because the assault happened off base during off-duty hours.

Korean police said Wednesday they are continuing to investigate, as are military officials.

“The 2nd Infantry Division holds our soldiers to a high standard of conduct both on and off duty and will continue with the local authorities as we work together to complete this ongoing investigation,” the 2nd ID statement read.

On Christmas night, Kim Tae-geun picked up five soldiers, who were out of uniform, at the Uijeongbu subway station, according to the driver and Korean police.

The soldiers eventually began to beat him, robbed him of about $180 and a $600 cell phone and put him in the trunk, Kim and Korean police said earlier this week.

Kim escaped from the trunk and ran to a Korean police office for help, he said. Later that night, Korean police caught one of the five soldiers, according to police.

The soldiers are from two units — 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment — according to Maj. Karl Ivey, a 2nd ID spokesman. They are restricted to their quarters, dining hall and religious services as the investigation continues, Ivey said.

Commanders from their units visited Kim in a hospital Monday to offer apologies.

Kim thanked them for their visit, the taxi driver told Stars and Stripes during a phone interview.

Hwang Hae-rym contributed to this story.


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